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Recommended Course Sequence
Total Units: 21
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The Journalism major provides students with both theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in Journalism. Successful students will be capable of initiating careers as skilled, principled journalists or other media professionals. This emphasis offers comprehensive lower division work in the field of Journalism, including at least one semester working on the student newspaper and website, The Oak Leaf.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
Recommended Sequence of Courses
- Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion columns and critical reviews on deadline for both print and web publishing;
- use various media (i.e. audio, photography, video, html, blog platforms, social media) to create multimedia news and feature stories;
- explain the changing role of news media and information dissemination in American society and critically evaluate elements of effective journalism;
- exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of journalism ethics and media law to real-life newsroom situations;
- work effectively as a productive member of a college newspaper staff; and
- demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, word usage and Associated Press Style to edit stories for print or online publication.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.
The requirements for the Journalism (AA) program are:
Complete 21 units from
- Information Learning Resources Requirement
|Journalism - complete 20.00 units|
|JOUR 1||Introduction to Journalism||3.00|
|JOUR 2||News Gathering & News Writing||3.00|
|JOUR 52A||Newspaper Practice 1||5.00|
|MEDIA 4||Introduction to Mass Communication||3.00|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:|
|CS 74.11||Introduction to Digital Media||3.00|
|ENGL 4A||Beginning Creative Writing||3.00|
|JOUR 52B||Newspaper Practice 2||5.00|
|JOUR 52C||Newspaper Practice 3||5.00|
|JOUR 54||Magazine Article Writing||3.00|
|SPCH 1A||Introduction to Public Speaking||3.00|
|SPCH 3A||Introduction to Argumentation||3.00|
|Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:|
|LIR 10||Introduction to Information Literacy||1.00|
|LIR 30||Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects||1.00|
The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
Course Prerequisites and Advisories:
Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories;
that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course.
Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers
in the Program Requirements section.
It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.
You may substitute SPCH 9 for SPCH 3A for this major
SPCH 9 Critical Thinking and Argumentation has ENGL 1A as a pre-requisite
MEDIA 4 will be replaced by JOUR 55 as a core requirement in the F2012 version of this major.